Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -133 December 2016

Joe’s Newsletter #133, December 2016
Sheila, CIL   (archives available at JoesDining.com)

A Christmas stocking without a Joe’s gift card? Unthinkable!


♦ Just a reminder: every $100 Joe’s gift card, or $25 increments thereof, gets an additional 10% when you pay by check or cash.

♦ Thank you! the 3rd annual fund-raiser for the Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding was a terrific success, thanks to you and all who dined at Joe’s that day. We were able to write them the biggest check so far. By the way, they are outgrowing their current facilities near the rodeo grounds. If you have any potential new home ideas for them, please talk to Gus or Laurie. They need shelter for about 6-7 horses and an arena to work in. laurie@listeninghorse.org

♦ Friday Dec. 2nd from 7:30 – 11am, Richard Eeds broadcasts the Morning Show live from Joe’s on Hutton FM 101.5. Richard keeps New Mexicans abreast

of the times. And each 1 Friday of the month he does it

live from Joe’s. During the broadcast get a surprise discount on your breakfast. Just ask!

♦ Original local art pieces make unique Christmas or holiday gifts. Three artists are now showing at Joe’s. Chris Pennington’s engaging equine paintings are displayed on the ramp. Bill Todino’s pristine Southwest photos grace the main dining room and David Marks’ bold abstract pieces will be in the Red Room into the New Year. David is offering some major pre-holiday discounts! As well there are artists’ greeting cards for sale at the red counter.

♦ DiJa know – a recent milk consumption study in Toronto concluded the following: kids who drank whole milk were leaner and had higher (better) Vitamin D levels than kids who drank low or no fat milk.

Book now – Joe’s Red Room is perfect for your Holiday Party. It seats 30-36 people.


♦ DiJa know . . . bone density can be maintained and even recovered? And muscle too? In as little as 20 minutes a week without changing clothes, without sweat, arduous workouts or drugs. Yup. The technology exists and DancingBones, Sheila’s new wellness studio, will be bringing it to Rodeo Plaza in January. More info – www.DancingBones.us or pick up a flyer at the desk on your way out. Here’s to “living and moving with ageless vitality!”

♦ Recently a good friend of a good friend passed suddenly. Cause as yet unknown. What was known however, was that this person had recently taken to consuming several commercial energy drinks every day. Again, I emphasize, cause of death unknown. But this sad event does raise questions about these now-popular products and their effects on our health. Here is what several sources including Dr. Oz have reported. Energy drinks can be risky. Energy drinks are cited as a possible cause of thousands of emergency room visits each year, and there are reports of at least 11 deaths among people who drank 5-Hour Energy – although we don’t know more about the cases. And five deaths have been associated with the use of Monster energy drinks. The question is – what is actually in them? The labels typically don’t tell you. It isn’t necessarily the caffeine level that causes problems, but the caffeine in combination with seriously artificial ingredients and the fact that the drink is delivered quickly and often in multiples – like a jolt to the system. Drinking coffee on the other hand may deliver close to the same amounts of caffeine, but normally it’s over the course of a full day, sipping here and there, so you’re getting a gradual rise in caffeine and periodically eliminating some of it. Lab tests (Consumerlab.com) show that ounce-for-ounce, the caffeine in 5-Hour Energy is 9 times as concentrated as in coffee. 5-Hour Energy is even more concentrated than Monster.

There are lots of reasons to avoid energy drinks but this one demands our attention. Drinking them, especially to excess, can lead to possible heart problems: angina (chest pain), cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) even sudden death.

Nothing brings back a lost loved-one. But we always hope that tragedy has some nugget of good in it. The passing of our friend’s friend may help bring to our attention information we can benefit from.

♦ In counterpoint to the previous piece on the dangers of “energy drinks” we continue our series on the most frequent health misconceptions. Here’s one that I hope is beginning to lose credibility – coffee is bad for you. My mother would be personally insulted with that one. The early morning smell of coffee percolating on the stove was what awoke me every day when I was a child. (Next came bacon. But that’s another story.) My mom kept a pot going all day long and then had a cup

before bed . . . just to be sure. Coffee was a ritual in our neighborhood. Neighbor ladies would coffee klatch at each other’s kitchen table at least a couple of times a week between gardening and house-keeping when the kids were off to school. Ahhh saner, sweeter times. Anyhow…today we study and examine everything. Coffee comes under scrutiny as well. As it turns out there are many redeeming benefits to the “cuppa joe”. Well known is the state of alertness and ability to concentrate. Coffee is a mood booster. It can also counteract the effects of alcohol on the liver.

Vision become clearer as the increased adrenaline dilates your pupils. Serotonin levels rise resulting in increased muscle strength due to greater firing of motor neurons. Body builders use this fact to their advantage – you often see them with a cup of coffee in the workout room. Digestion rates increase as does the breakdown of body fat (Yay!) Coffee provides more antioxidant activity than many fruits and vegetables! That fact alone credits it with preventing, or at least reducing, symptoms of skin cancer, colorectal cancer, heart disease, MS, Parkinson’s and diabetes II. I hasten to say, as with everything in excess there are negatives to drinking too much coffee. In excess, it can remove valuable nutrients from the body. You know what comes next – “moderation in everything”. But enjoy your coffee!

♦ DiJa Know? Pineapple can be a good cold-fighter. Cough syrups have their upside and their downside. Swallowing them can be close to nauseating and their artificial colors and ingredients are awful, but they do provide some relief. What if there was something tastier, healthier, more effective? Wow! I have not personally tried pineapple as a cold remedy, but if it works, how great would that be?! In 2010 Indian researchers tested the effectiveness of various natural substances to treat tuberculosis. Pineapple juice was one. They found it to be extremely effective in clearing mucus from the lungs of tuberculosis patients. They created recipes to make it palatable. So, next time you feel all stuffed up, you might give this recipe a try. 1 cup pineapple juice, 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon raw honey, pinch of sea salt, 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Let me know how it works!

In the Indian study, patients recovered up to 5 times quicker with this all natural pineapple remedy compared to OTC cough syrup. http://derpharmachemica.com

♦ ❤ Joe’s fresh dark French chocolate truffles are a perfect gift for any and all of your loved ones. Mocha or hazelnut? Ask your waiter.

♦ Why are we at Joe’s so persistent about this “buy local” stuff? Many factors are out of our hands when it comes to our food supply. Most of what ends up on the American dinner table derives from a shockingly few giant agribusinesses. Their reach is long- from designing the (GMO) seeds to planting, fertilizing, processing and shipping. We as consumers cannot with confidence hand over the entire stewardship of our food to these few multinationals. Our passion here at Joe’s is for a local sustainable food supply – food produced by growers who are accountable for what they grow. KYG – Know Your Grower. We are able to look our local farmer in the eye and ask him about his growing practices or even visit his operation. This gives us the confidence that we are eating food that is healthy, wholesome, non- genetically engineered, often better than organic, humanely treated and minimally processed. It is grown with a smaller energy-use footprint and transported short distances. We cannot divorce human health, the economy, ecology, personal (perhaps spiritual) satisfaction or honorable work from food. Food is fundamental. What we eat, where it comes from, the stewardship of food animals, the nurturing and building of soils – all these factors affect us at a cellular and visceral level. Santa Fe is fortunate to have one of the very best Farmers Markets in the nation. Here at Joe’s we offer this bounty to you, keeping dollars in the community. In the interest of transparency, in 2008 Joe’s spent $30,000 on local foods. In 2009, $60,000. Each year since 2012 we have far exceeded $100,000 per annum (over 30% of our purchases).

Land, economy, health – inseparable.

♦ Joe’s will give you $10. What’s the catch? Well the way we figure it, if you cut out the middleman by NOT using a credit card, we can give that back to you and then some. Credit cards costs the retail merchant about 3-5% and extra time & paperwork. Now let’s be real – in today’s world one cannot function without a credit card. But there are still (legal) alternatives that reduce our dependency on the Big Banks and actually save us all money. We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Joe’s Check List – If you are a “regular” and wish to pay by check, please ask your waiter to get you on the list. (2.) Joe’s gift card – purchase $100 gift card with cash or check or silver or gold coin, get a $10 free bonus! Your $100 gift card will actually buy you $110 worth of meals at Joe’s.


♦ I forgot my cell phone when I went to the bathroom the other day. There are 217 tiles in our bathroom.
♦ I wanted to grow my own food, but I couldn’t find bacon seeds anywhere.
♦ If alcohol affects short-term memory, what does alcohol do?

Joe’s Dining
“Dija Know…”
Joe’s Newsletter #133, DEC 2016
Sheila, CIL

(archives available at JoesDining.com)

2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM 87507
505-471-3800 www.JoesDining.com

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